Category Archives: DART

DART Bringing Service Levels Back in October

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is restoring ninety percent of pre-pandemic service levels beginning October 19.

The proposed modifications were approved by the DART Board of Directors after determining that the service is within the propose FY 2021 budget and Twenty-Year Financial Plan allocations.

The Board action comes after DART implemented temporary service adjustments for the bus and light rail system on April 6 that better reflected current ridership demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Service restoration includes 65 bus routes being restored to pre-pandemic service levels. A total of 7 core frequent bus routes, as well as all light rail train operation service, will move to 20-minute frequency until 7 p.m. on weekdays.

More information on the anticipated service change will be made available on dart.org as plans are formalized.

DART and Dallas County Adding Free Shuttle for Early Voters

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is adding a free shuttle service for voters traveling to the Dallas County Election Department, 1520 Round Table Drive, beginning Monday, October 19 through Election Day, November 3.

The new service is provided through a joint effort by DART and the Dallas County Election Department to assist the record turnout of early voters and those currently dropping off ballots.

Weekdays, voters can ride the Green or Orange line to either Southwestern Medical District/Parkland Station or Burbank Station, then transfer to bus route 525. Voters can then travel to the Regal Row at Stemmons Freeway (I-35) DART bus stop (near the Wyndham Hotel) to transfer to a special taxi style van to complete their trip to the Round Table Drive election facility. Service is provided every 30 minutes.

On weekends, DART will operate a special van service from Burbank Station every 20 minutes to and from the Round Table Drive election facility.

Customers can use Google Transit, the online DART Trip Planner at DART.org, the DART voting site at DART.org/vote or call 214-979-1111 for more information.

DART brings GoLink on-demand service to Irving and Garland starting Oct. 19

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) brings GoLink, the personalized, curb-to-curb service that serves riders on demand in zones across North Texas, beginning Mon., Oct. 19, to Southeast Garland and South Irving.

The on-demand service is already available in Farmers Branch, Far North Plano, Glenn Heights, Inland Port, Kleberg and Rylie, Lake Highlands, Lakewood, Legacy West, North Central Plano/Chase Oaks, North Dallas, Park Cities, Rowlett and Western Carrollton.

In the South Irving zone, the service operates out of Downtown Irving/Heritage Crossing Station so that GoLink riders can connect to other DART services. Meanwhile, in the Southeast Garland zone, the service operates out of Lake Ray Hubbard Transit Center. GoLink service will be offered Monday through Friday, except on Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, the day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

All GoLink trips require a booking. No walk-ons are allowed. Riders can book and pay for trips either with the GoPassÒ app or by calling 214-515-7272. The free app is available from the App Store and Google Play.

Phone reservations must be made in advance, but only same-day trips are accepted. Phone reservations can be made Monday-Friday, starting at 4:30 a.m.

Riders should purchase their fare using a contactless payment method –credit, debit or GoPassÒ Tap card – either in the GoPass app or over the phone. Cash fares, paper passes and vouchers are not accepted.

To learn more about GoLink, visit DART.org/GoLink or call 214-515-7272.

Rail Arrives for Silver Line in Plano

A new rail for Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Silver Line project has made its way to Plano.

On Thursday, Sept. 17, a special train from Steel Dynamics, Inc. of Indiana, delivered the 1,600 ft. long rails to a spot between N Avenue and Jupiter Road and off-loaded it adjacent to the existing tracks.

The 26-mile Silver Line Regional Rail Project is under construction between DFW Airport, Grapevine, Coppell, Dallas, Carrollton, Addison, Richardson and Plano and includes 10 new stations.

When completed, the $1.2 billion Silver Line will connect with the Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail line at DFW North station providing access to Downtown Fort Worth, Grapevine, and various other Tarrant County locales.

The line will also connect with the Denton County Transportation Authority A-train commuter rail line providing access to various Denton County locales and DART’s Green Line providing access to Dallas Love Field and Downtown Dallas via Downtown Carrollton station.

DART anticipates beginning revenue service in early 2023.

DART To Operate Normal Saturday Service on Saturday, March 14, 2020

Due to the cancellation of the Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival, DART buses and trains will operate a normal Saturday schedule on March 14, 2020.

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DART ready for St. Patrick’s Day 2020 in Dallas

2020stpatricksparadeDallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is prepared to help thousands of North Texas riders claiming to be Irish, if only for a day, safely attend the largest St. Patrick’s Day parade and events in the Southwest in less than two weeks.

Parade and festivalgoers, as well as runners participating in the Dash Down Greenville 5K, can comfortably ride to the 41st Annual Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival, Sat. Mar. 14, when DART adds additional rail service, employee volunteers and law enforcement to meet the large demand.

Trip planning is made easy by purchasing a $6 local Day Pass in advance using DART’s GoPass® mobile ticketing application. It allows you to buy passes, plan trips and get next bus or train times from the comfort of your mobile phone. Download the app for free through Google Play or the App Store.

Don’t have the app? Purchase a Day Pass from a ticket vending machine at any DART Rail station or from a bus operator.

Rail Service
From Plano, rail service will be added to Red and Orange Line trains operating between 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. to SMU/Mockingbird, Lovers Lane or Park Lane stations.

From Carrollton, Farmers Branch and Dallas customers can ride the Green Line and transfer to either the Orange or Red Line in downtown Dallas.

Passengers riding the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) can transfer to special event Red and Orange line trains at Victory Station.

Red and Orange Line trains to Lovers Lane Station will not be interrupted during the parade.

Bus Service
If you normally ride Route 502 or 583 at Lovers Lane Station, service will be interrupted until the Dash Down Greenville 5K has been completed.

Both routes will be detoured from Lovers Lane Station to serve SMU/Mockingbird Station until Greenville is re-opened to traffic. Route 502 will continue to serve Park Lane Station.

Additional routes temporarily detoured during the parade include 81, 82, 84 and 521. See DART.org/rideralerts for more information.

For more details go to DART.org/SPD or call DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

Voters Ride Free on Election Day

image002A valid voter registration card is a free ticket to ride Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, March 3.

This is a long-standing tradition by DART to help make it easier for people to get to the polls. On election day riders can ride DART bus, light rail, Paratransit, or Trinity Railway Express commuter rail between CentrePort/DFW Airport station and Union Station, by showing a valid voter registration card.

Additional details about DART services are available at DART.org or by calling Customer Information at 214-979-1111.

Transit agency board of directors votes to remove Coit, Preston Road rail stations from future Cotton Belt line

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DSC02136-1-2The DART board of directors voted Tuesday to amend the Cotton Belt service plan to delete two stations, one which was planned to be constructed on Coit Road and another on Preston Road.

Dallas City Council members have pushed in recent months for the removal of the stations, which would have fallen within Dallas city limits.

“Dallas does not want a station [at Coit],” Dallas City Council Member Sandy Greyson said at a March 27 DART board meeting. “So why is it on your plan? Apparently because Plano and Richardson want a station on Coit. But Dallas doesn’t tell Plano or Richardson where to put stations in their cities, and we would expect the same courtesy in return.”

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